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#1 steveg3731

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Posted 15 November 2022 - 22:36

Had a conversation on the weekend about the Stratos that Burnt in the Brechfa Forest - the Welsh Rally 1976.

 

Does anyone know what happened to the chassis??



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#2 Michael Oliver

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Posted 24 November 2022 - 13:44

Had a conversation on the weekend about the Stratos that Burnt in the Brechfa Forest - the Welsh Rally 1976.

 

Does anyone know what happened to the chassis??

Junked? In his biography 'A Chequered Life' (by Richard Heseltine) it says "Meanwhile, back in Chiswick, the boss [Graham Warner] was tearing his hair out in frustration as he attempted to replace the comprehensively destroyed Stratos. "There was no way we could repair it - there was nothing to repair..." It also shows a picture of the burnt-out wreck with Team co-ordinator Brendan Neville standing alongside it - if he is alive, he might be a good person to ask?



#3 Myhinpaa

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Posted 25 November 2022 - 22:23

Another person to contact is Don Fenwick, he was a mechanic at Chequered Flag during the Stratos days.

 

He now lives in Taupo, NZ  https://www.facebook.../don.fenwick.7/

 

I have a feeling 1513 was scrapped properly, it was never on UK plates either.

 

The replacement, 1637 was in far worse condition than what had been described, it had been a recce car for '75 Safari, then done the rally with Vic Preston Jr.

Then it was used as a recce car again on the '76 event, then sold to an Indian who lived in Kenya. It was in a very rough state when it arrived in Chiswick.

Graham Warner felt he'd been "done", Lancia was less than helpful during the rebuild. Allegedly it cost £30 000 all in all, in 1976!

 

Here's a recent article about Don Fenwick: https://www.autocar....playing-possum/



#4 Myhinpaa

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Posted 28 November 2022 - 23:35

1975 Scottish Rally, not a good start.....

 

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